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Passing the Sunshine Protection Act

Will Daylight Saving Time be made permanent in the state of Florida?

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Florida’s legislature has recently voted on a bill called the “Sunshine Protection Act.” This would make daylight saving time in Florida year round, and it would get ride of standard time in the state. This bill would mean that Florida would not turn the clock back or forward in the fall or spring, and instead it would remain the same all year. The bill has since been sent to Governor Rick Scott for him to either sign or veto it. The majority of the people are in favor of the bill. “I believe that if we do
change permanently to daylight saving time, we would be able to hold some sports year round at Belen since we would always have an extra hour of daylight,” said Mrs. Maria Alonso, English teacher.

The problem with this is that Florida does not have the power to change the time, but the federal government does. The federal government is in charge of the nation’s time zones, but states are allowed to be exempt from daylight saving time. At the same time, no law allows them to be exempt from standard time. This means that if Governor Rick Scott signs the bill, nothing would really happen because Congress would have to also allow it, and they are busy with other more important issues. Florida cannot put into action this bill unless Congress allows it, and this could take some time.

The passing of this bill would also impact people who live in the border of Florida and have jobs in other states. Switching back and forth between two different times could get confusing, because which time do you follow? In my opinion, I would not want this bill to go into law because it would make Florida the only state in the east following this.

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